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Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

High Tech Features Boost Kitchen Design

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist

If you're tired of living in a house that's wired for the 1950s, consider adding some high tech features. There are several projects to consider as you update your kitchen design with cabinet refacing.

Kitchen Remodeling For Sound

The kitchen has become the hub of the home, the place where people gather and entertain. As you plan a cabinet refacing project to spruce up your kitchen design, consider a few sensory improvements. Among the options are:
  • Surround sound. This type of kitchen wiring adds a music system throughout the kitchen, family room, breakfast room, and dining room. As party guests admire your new kitchen design, they can be treated to the latest jazz music.
  • Kitchen lighting. Your lights also can be programmed to come on in several rooms at once. With the touch of a control panel, you can shift lights in several places:
    • Under the cabinets, to add a soft look to your countertop.
    • Over the island, to signal that the food has arrived.
    • In the dining room, as everyone sits down for the meal.

High Tech Kitchen Appliances

Many kitchen appliances are designed with computerized features such as:
  • Memory features that allow you to program your favorite recipes into memory.
  • "Delayed start" features, so your dishwasher starts after you've gone to bed.
  • Refrigerators with electronic barcode scanners keep track of your grocery orders and send you an email when you're low on margarine.

Add a Television to Your Kitchen Design

The days of the 12-inch black and white television in the kitchen are gone. Today's kitchen designs feature a range of high tech options, including:
  • Plasma televisions that create a focal point on a wall.
  • Televisions that fold down from under a kitchen cabinet.
  • Televisions that are suspended from a corner of the ceiling.

There are many ways to add some high tech features to your kitchen design. During a cabinet refacing, put some thought into how you use the space and which electronic gizmos would fit your lifestyle.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.